Find the funding you need

Whether you’re new to securing funding or fundraising, or an old hand, we’ve gathered resources, stories and advice on how to get support with all your funding needs.

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Community First Yorkshire funding and fundraising resource sheets

Sign up to our free funding portal, Open4Communities, to set up tailored funding searches and receive personalised updates straight to your inbox.

Funding Toolkit – whether you’re new to securing funding or fundraising, or an old hand, we’ve gathered resources, stories and advice on how to get support with all your funding needs in this Funding Toolkit.

A quick guide to funding Green projects – a snapshot of where to find funds for your environmental projects.

How to set up a 100 club – a 100 club is a great way to fundraise and is easy to set up and maintain. Find out all you need to know here.

Evidencing Need and Defining Outcomes  – most funders will expect you to address the question of how you know there is a need or demand for your services.

Fundraising before you start there are a number of things you need to have in place as a group looking for funding before you can even think about approaching a funder for money. Here is a summary of those, along with some questions you need to be able to answer before starting the fundraising process.

Researching Fundersthis information sheet will provide you with some basic advice to help you identify suitable funders to support your organisation or proposed project.

How to write successful applicationsfunders receive hundreds of applications each week so you need to write an application that stands out from the crowd. You know what is special about your organisation and work, so here we aim to help you get it right in communicating this clearly and effectively to the funder.

Fundraising: raffles, lotteries and tombolas –  this gives a precis of legal requirements for running raffles, lotteries and tombolas.

Other funding and fundraising sources

Winter fundraising guide – JustGiving has released their 2024 Winter Fundraising Guide, to help you plan your quarter 4 fundraising campaigns in advance.

How high-quality data can supercharge fundraising – Charity Digital explores how high-quality data can improve your charity’s ability to generate funds in a difficult fundraising climate in this blog.

Vision for Volunteering toolkit – Vision for Volunteering have developed a useful toolkit, which you can download for free, to help you start conversions about volunteering and how you can shape discussions around it.

Christmas Giving Insights 2022 – Enthuse’s latest report uncovers key donor behaviour during the festive period, based on data collected from the past three years, and provides actionable insights to shape your upcoming Christmas fundraising strategy. Download their report to learn more about festive giving trends and get useful tips to help you plan your 2022 Christmas campaigns.

End of Year Fundraising Toolkit – Learn how to build a comprehensive end of year fundraising campaign that achieves your fundraising goals, with this new toolkit from leading charity software specialists, Blackbaud.

Code of Fundraising Practice webinar resources – These videos on the Code of Fundraising Practice, trustee fundraising responsibilities and advice on handling complaints are great introductions to the fundraising standards for new staff, trustees and volunteers.

100+ Charity Christmas Fundraising Ideas & Resources – Christmas is a major fundraising opportunity for charities. Have a look at Charity Excellence Framework’s ideas and tips to use in your Xmas appeals, festive campaigns and events.

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising – fundraising in the time of Covid-19: this booklet offers practical suggestions on how to keep the supporter experience at the forefront of your fundraising in the extraordinary times we all find ourselves in.

Charities Aid Foundation – how to write a great grant application.

Charities Aid Foundation – charity fundraising tips, advice and resources.

Charity Fundraising Ltd – free fundraising consultation for UK Charities affected by coronavirus.

Fundraising Regulator – Code of Fundraising Practice.

Fundraising Regulator – resource library.

NCVO – local and community fundraising.

NCVO – funding and income resources.

Charity Digital – want to drive more donations? Get to know your audience.

nfpSynergy – Gimme, Gimme, Gimme! A guide to fundraising for small organisations.

Institute of Fundraising – connecting people to causes.

Edge Fund – help with fundraising.